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Date: 08/15/22 09:31
My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: spider1319

SP 3200 class SDP-45.Whats not to like.Side panel control stand, with 26L Brake,hood unit and no loud HEP. Big and powerfull and great looking.Perfect to run and photogragh.I saw these units as a teenager in Bakrsfield when they were first introduced,so when they showed at Santa Barbara on  SP/Amtrak Number 12 with four SP business cars I was quite happy.I snapped the picture below days later when the two units went back up the coast at Chatsworth in 1987.Bill Webb 




Date: 08/15/22 09:50
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: 3rdswitch

Very cool.
JB



Date: 08/15/22 13:53
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

Yes my favorite engines as well. Logged thousands of miles on these engines. The best riding of the bunch were the 3201 and the 3207. The 3205 was a rough rider.

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Date: 08/15/22 18:59
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: CPCoyote

Also a fan. They rode well and performed well.

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Date: 08/15/22 22:17
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: roustabout

The closest I came to one of the SP units was a former Erie Lakawanna SDP45 that was rebuilt for SP.  Had it as the sole unit on a Willamette & Pacific Eugene Hauler.



Date: 08/17/22 09:06
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: texchief1

Nice shot and story!

RC Lundgren
Elgin, TX



Date: 08/17/22 09:48
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: dan

did you run amtrak sdp's too?



Date: 08/17/22 11:18
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: spider1319

Lots of the 500 class Amtrak units.Bill Webb



Date: 08/18/22 04:19
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: Englewood

Those units had that "all business" look, as did their little brothers the GP40P.
None of the ugly "styling" of the F40 and subsequent ugly ducks.
To say nothing of the "all style and no substance' Amtrak Midwest Chargers.
 



Date: 08/18/22 12:18
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: sp3204

Okay...I will finally jump in! This shouldn't be hard to figure out. First engine I ever ran for "the money", SP3204, great locomotives.



Date: 08/23/22 18:02
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: LocoPilot750

Santa Fe F45's (on freight)

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Date: 08/27/22 15:06
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: Earlk

Yours truly oils around his favorite passenger engine - Nevada Northern Ry #40, Sept 6, 1987....




Date: 09/23/22 06:52
Re: My Favorite Passenger Engine to have Run
Author: phlone

While not an engineer, I too very much enjoyed the 3200s as a trainman when they were in freight service on weekends. But let’s not forget they were purchased primarily to replace the remaining Alco PA’s and dent the roster of E’s and F’s, not a good development in my view. But all new power replaces something else. That’s “progress”.

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